HELP IN HARD TIMES: A proposal for a pet crematorium at Kandanga would give families a helping hand when it came to saying goodbye to their beloved friends.
HELP IN HARD TIMES: A proposal for a pet crematorium at Kandanga would give families a helping hand when it came to saying goodbye to their beloved friends. Bev Lacey

Pet cremation business pitched for Mary Valley township

STEPHEN King's version of a pet cemetery has terrified millions of people.

Fortunately a much friendlier final burial service for families' furry friends could be on its way to Kandanga.

Matthias Lochthofen is proposing the creation of Mary Valley Pet Cremation to help people dispose of their dearly-departed pets.

And there are no concerns of the Kandanga Creek Rd site becoming congested with traffic.

Example of an incinerator used in pet cremation.
Example of an incinerator used in pet cremation. Gympie Regional Council

"My business will operate exclusively as a collection and delivery service and I will not hold any service or funeral ceremonies,” Mr Lochthofen said.

"The urns can be ordered online, and no visitors are expected to come.

"Collection of animals and return of ashes are on the same trip as posting and receiving new stock of urns from (the) post office.”

Australian Vets Association recommend avoiding using sticks as toys for dogs. Peak Crossing dog breeder Robyn Outen-Scott's German Shepherd dog Dizzy. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times
Australian Vets Association recommend avoiding using sticks as toys for dogs. Peak Crossing dog breeder Robyn Outen-Scott's German Shepherd dog Dizzy. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times David Nielsen

Odour should not be a concern, he said, with the incinerator running at temperatures above 850C.

A shed already on the property is to be used to store urns and refrigeration for dead pets ahead of their cremation. The surrounding land to the north, south and west are reportedly used for cattle and grazing.

Mr Lochthofen is a caretaker on the property, and his business effort is supported by the landowners.

Gympie Times


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